Wednesday 21 August 2019

Jury in the Ana Kriegel murder trial to resume deliberations this morning

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

The jury in the trial of two boys accused of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriegel will resume its deliberations this morning.

After 30 minutes of deliberations yesterday, the jury of eight men and four women retired for the day. They are due to resume at 10am today.

In his closing address to the jury, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said this was an "unusual case", involving two juveniles accused of the murder of another, who was only 14 years old.

He said the jury must "clinically" and "forensically" examine the evidence.

Judge McDermott told jurors to "immerse" themselves in the evidence, reminding them that the two accused enjoy the presumption of innocence at all times, up until they make their decisions on the verdicts.

The two accused, who were both aged 13 at the time, have pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to murdering 14-year-old Ana Kriegel at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road in Lucan on May 14, 2018.

The first accused, known as Boy A, has also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault. The judge said there were three charges on the issue paper, and the jury could return verdicts of guilty or not guilty on all three counts. He said the decision must be unanimous. He said the jury must consider each count separately.

Judge McDermott said there were a large number of exhibits in this case and they would be available, if required.

The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes, and when they returned to break for lunch, they asked the judge to finish at 3pm.

Judge McDermott said the jury could return today.

Irish Independent

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